Buying Guide to Blenders


Blenders are a great kitchen tool-capable of doing everything from crushing ice to whipping up smoothies to pureeing comforting soups. It's also an appliance that tends to sit on the countertop, so you'll want to look for that perfect combination of beauty and strength.

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Knowing what you'll be doing most often with your blender will help you choose one that best suits your needs.

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Smoothies and crushed ice cocktails A countertop blender is powerful enough to crush ice and puree frozen fruits, and can still make pureed soups and other recipes. This type of blender comes with a jar or container.
Pureed soups and sauces A stick or immersion blender can be submerged right into your pot and makes fast work of a big pot of soup, without requiring you to transfer boiling hot ingredients into your blender. This type is often referred to as a hand blender.
A variety of dishes An all-in-one blender comes with special attachments to handle different jobs, and can sometimes take the place of a variety of kitchen appliances, including a food processor and a mixer. It might be a good choice for you if you're looking to conserve kitchen space.
Here are some of the features you might want to consider in your blender:
Feature Why You May Want It
Motor size A more powerful motor and can make chopping ice and milling grains much simpler.
Touchpad controls A touchpad or other smooth surface controls can make keeping your blender clean easier, as bits of food or spilled liquids won't get stuck between the buttons.
Multiple speed settings Some blenders have only two or three settings, while others go up to 16. Keep in mind that you may only really need a few good settings for most blending purposes. If you often make drinks, look for an ice crushing speed.
Pulse setting A pulse setting gives you short bursts of blending-key if you're making something that requires more even blending without a full puree.
Container size You'll find blenders that make personal-sized smoothies (14 ounces), up to a mammoth 90 ounces. For everyday use, a 40-ounce capacity container will work and should have easily readable measurements.
Blade material Stainless steel blades are more durable, and more capable of handling heavy-duty tasks like crushing ice than aluminum blades.
Safety The container should have a lid with a secure seal, have an opening to add ingredients when in use, and can open at the top and bottom to remove the contents and clean the blades.
Additional accessories Some blenders come with two sizes of containers; immersion and all-in-one blenders often feature additional accessories, such as a whisk attachment or a chopping container.